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Rapper Elzhi headlined the 17th annual Hip Hop in the Park, a Cal student-organized festival in People’s Park. Photo: Ted Friedman

On Saturday, around 200 people descended on People’s Park in Berkeley for the 17th annual Hip Hop in the Park festival.

Organizers, Students for Hip Hop, a UC Berkeley group, said this year’s list of performers was one of the most diverse to date.

“Detroit’s best kept secret,” rapper Elzhi, a former member of Slum Village, was the headliner. Other performers on the line-up included MC Aisha Fukushima, Mik Nawooj, Hoodini, Rico Pabon, Nu Dekades, and producer G-Jones. The festival featured graffiti art, dancing, and DJ-ing.

An estimated 200 people came to Hip Hop in the Park, which is organized under the umbrella of UC Berkeley’s ASUC. Photo: Ted Friedman
Graffiti art is part of the Hip Hop gathering and paint supplies were paid for by Cal students. Photo: Ted Friedman
A crowd watches Detroit rapper Elzhi perform on Saturday, May 4, in Berkeley. Photo: Ted Friedman

Hip Hop in the Park marking its 16th year in Berkeley [05.07.12]

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...